John Edge at Two Circles dojo is proud to announce an Aikido Seminar
September 25th-26th, 2010
Aikido instruction will be provided by Stephen Rehrauer Sensei, AAI
European Director, Rokudan (6th degree black belt)
The seminar will be held at
St Judes & St Leonard church hall, Barnsley Road, Doncaster
The training is open to students of any martial art or rank, and from any organization or dojo.
Rehrauer Sensei began the study of the Tomiki style of aikido under the direction of Seiji Tanaka Sensei, who had been a direct student of Tomiki Sensei himself. When transferred several years later to
, Rehrauer Sensei continued his aikido training in the Hombu Style under the direction of Tomas Sanchez Sensei, a student of Nobuyoshi Tamura Sensei, and was awarded his shodan by Sanchez Sensei in the spring of 1985. Spain
After returning to the
that same year he settled in United States . Two days after his arrival in Chicago , he went in search of a local dojo in which to train, met Toyoda Fumio Shihan, and began an intensive period of training under his direction. It was the beginning of a long and profound relationship of student and master, teacher and friend, which continued until Toyoda Shihan’s untimely death. Toyoda Shihan saw clearly the way in which the practice of aikido techniques become lessons that shape a way of life where mind and body are one. During that period Rehrauer Sensei studied and taught regularly at Tenshinkan, the headquarters dojo of the Aikido Association of America, and benefitted from many serious and fruitful discussions with Toyoda Sensei concerning these spiritual and technical aspects, and deeper meanings of aikido technique and training practice. Chicago
While studying and teaching aikido in
at Tenshinkan dojo, Rehrauer Sensei became a founding member of the first board of directors of the Aikido Association International and acted as its first Secretary and Treasurer. there he benefitted as an active participant in Toyoda Shihan’s developing methodology for teaching highest quality aikido and ensuring quality standards among AAA and AAI certified instructors. He accompanied Toyoda Sensei on many workshops to other cities throughout the Chicago , and in USA Europe. Having earned his 4th dan, Toyoda Shihan appointed him as one of the original members of the first AAA National Teaching Committee, and when Rehrauer Sensei relocated from to Chicago to begin work as a professor, Toyoda Shihan appointed him as the European Secretary of the AAI. While acting as European Secretary he accompanied and assisted Toyoda Shihan on his many European Seminars. In April of 2000, Toyoda Sensei nominated him for promotion to Godan and the Doshu awarded Rehrauer Sensei his 5th dan on Rome January 1st, 2001 at the annual Kagami Biraki ceremony. This past year he was nominated for 6th dan and the current Doshu promoted him to Rokudan on January 1st, 2010.
Rehrauer Sensei in his capacity as European Secretary regularly consults with the Toyoda family concerning administrative and technical issues, and both attends and directs workshops and training seminars throughout the European region, passing on what he received from Toyoda Shihan, in order to ensure the technical excellence and quality of instruction for which the AAI is widely known and respected.